Man Camps are playing an important role in western North Dakota because of the exploding population. But city and county leaders say over the last few years, some crew camps haven't been following code. A committee made up of local officials formed a few months ago, and they came up with a new policy that will not only benefit man camps but Williston emergency services too.
When city leaders annexed 4,800 acres of land into Williston, that brought the total number of man camp beds in town to right around 1,200. The crew camp committee says the majority of man camps are following the rules, but a few have strayed off the path.
"They maybe didn't have proper approval from the health unit, they possibly didn't have the criteria set for an emergency situation," says Williston City Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk.
Cymbaluk says camps were adding beds they weren't permitted to. To help create a clear understanding of what the rules are, the committee made a new policy man camps have to follow. Every man camp in Williston must have an emergency plan, site, $400 Application Fee for extension, $400 per bed fee for units not already taxed as real estate, and a clean-up bond.
"The people that are not in compliance, and they can't meet this criteria, we will ask them to be shut down," adds Cymbaluk.
The $400 per bed will go into a fund for services the city provides the man camps.
"We have to provide them fire, police, ambulance. We need to provide the roads to these building and what not, and we have to maintain this roads," Cymbaluk adds.
Cymbaluk is confident the policy is going to pass at the city commission meeting Tuesday. If it does pass, man camps not in compliance will be receiving letters sometime next week.
"We'll give those groups or those companies X amount of days to either get in compliance. When we come back out for that check or we will shut them down," addsCymbaluk.
Cymbaluk says the city is heading in the right direction with this policy.
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